|Three Modern Women|
|Directed by||Bu Wancang|
|Written by||Tian Han|
|Starring|| Ruan Lingyu |
Three Modern Women (Chinese :三个摩登女性; pinyin :Sāngè Módēng Nǚxìng) is a 1933 Chinese film directed by Bu Wancang and written by Tian Han. The film tells a story about the romantic relationships between a movie star and three women representing three archetypes of contemporary women. Released by the Lianhua Film Company, it was highly popular and won praise from left-wing critics.
It is considered a lost film.
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